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Jerusalem Sunday resources give voice to women pilgrims

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By Tali Folkins on May 26, 2017

St. George’s Cathedral, Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. Photo: Anglican Video


With the approach of Jerusalem Sunday this weekend, the Anglican Church of Canada’s national office has released new liturgical resources, including reflections from a pilgrimage by Ottawa-area women to the Holy Land last year.Last November, 25 lay women from the diocese of Ottawa visited Israel and the occupied territories, witnessing Anglican ministry and meeting local people. Five reflections of three of these women are included in the sermon notes prepared for Jerusalem Sunday this year.

The notes also include reflections on scriptural passages by Patricia Kirkpatrick, chair of biblical studies at McGill University.

The sermon notes are “a little bit more personal” than the notes of previous years, Andrea Mann, director of global relations, said in a statement released Thursday, May 25.

The new liturgical resources also include a bulletin cover that features the Princess Basma Centre for Children with Disabilities, a children’s physical rehabilitation hospital and a ministry of the Anglican diocese of Jerusalem.

In the past, special Jerusalem Sunday offerings from Canadian Anglicans have supported the Penman Clinic, located in Zababdeh, north of the West Bank, which is associated with St. Matthew’s parish. But the children’s hydrotherapy pool program at the Basma Centre has emerged as a new priority and this is what special Jerusalem Sunday offerings will support this year, according to the statement.

Jerusalem Sunday was established at the 2013 Joint Anglican-Lutheran Assembly as a way of encouraging Canadian Anglicans to learn more about and support the diocese of Jerusalem, which includes Anglican parishes in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. It is observed on the seventh Sunday of Easter.

The diocese’s Archbishop Suheil Dawani was recently elected to a two-and-a-half-year term as primate of the province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, according to an Anglican Communion News Service story from earlier this month. The province stretches from Algeria to Iran, and from Cyprus to Somalia.

 

About the Author

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins

Tali Folkins has worked as a staff reporter for the Law Times and the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal.  His writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail and The United Church Observer.

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Anglican Journal News, May 26, 2017

Episcopal Divinity School to Affiliate with Union Theological Seminary: The Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Scholar and Racial Justice Activist, Named EDS’s New Dean

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Cambridge, MA, May 19, 2017—Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) and Union Theological Seminary announced today that they have signed an agreement that will allow EDS to continue as an Episcopal seminary through a collaboration with Union at its campus in New York City beginning in the fall of 2018.

“We had three goals when we began to plan this news phase in EDS’s life,” said the Rev. Dr. Gary Hall, chair of the EDS board. “We wanted to continue providing Episcopal theological education within an accredited, degree-granting program, deepen our historic commitment to gospel-centered justice, and provide financial strength and stability for EDS’s future. Today, I am delighted to say that we have achieved all three.”

“This is an historic moment,” said Rev. Dr. Serene Jones, president of the Union faculty and Johnston Family Professor for Religion and Democracy at Union. “We are honored that EDS has chosen to partner with us and are certain that the stewardship of our deepest commitments will be fulfilled in the years ahead.”

EDS appointed the Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, Susan D. Morgan Professor of Religion at Goucher College in Maryland and canon theologian at Washington National Cathedral, as the first dean of EDS at Union. Douglas will also join the Union faculty as a professor. She is the author of many articles and five books, including “Stand Your Ground:  Black Bodies and the Justice of God,” which was written in response to the murder of Trayvon Martin.

“Kelly Brown Douglas is one of the most distinguished religious thinkers, teachers, ministers, and activists in the nation,” Jones said. “We are confident that Union’s longstanding commitment to both the Gospel and social justice will be strengthened and enhanced under her leadership.”

Ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1983, Douglas holds a master’s degree in theology and a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Union. Her academic work focuses on womanist theology, sexuality and the black church, and she is a sought-after speaker and author on issues of racial justice and theology.

“Kelly is an Episcopal Church leader and an eminent scholar—and she is a daughter of Union,” Hall said. “Working together, EDS and Union aim to advance the causes of social justice and theology in the world and Kelly is the ideal leader for this new venture.”

“I am excited for the challenge,” Douglas said. “What I am really happy about for the wider EDS community is that this isn’t the typical bad news of a small seminary closing. This is the news that this place believed enough in its mission that it went out and found a way to carry that mission forward in a viable fashion, and found a way for the mission to grow. EDS is going to continue. The EDS community has found the platform to do that, and they have found in Union an institution that shares their mission. I feel privileged to be a part of this next chapter in EDS’s life.”

Beginning in 2018, students who enroll in the EDS program at Union will earn graduate degrees from Union and also fulfill requirements for ordination in the Episcopal Church. In addition to Douglas, EDS will hire a professor of Anglican studies to join the four Episcopal priests currently on Union’s faculty.

“I look forward to the amazing possibilities that will be brought forth through this affiliation,” said Union’s Board Chair Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr. “Our work together will surely expand the ways we serve the church and the world.” A lifelong Episcopalian, Dunham is also senior warden of St. James’ Episcopal Church in the City of New York and a former trustee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York

EDS plans to purchase a floor in a new building being constructed at Union that will house offices, residential space for the dean, and other facilities. The EDS campus in Cambridge will be sold after operations there cease in July, and the proceeds will be added to the school’s endowment, currently valued at $53 million.

The EDS board has voted to cap spending at four percent of its endowment once expenses associated with the move to Union are paid. “We are in this for the long haul,” said Bonnie Anderson, vice chair of the EDS board. “Enshrining our commitment to sensible, sustainable spending in our affiliation agreement was important to us.”

EDS alums will enjoy the same library and campus privileges accorded to Union alums. The EDS library and archives will be reviewed by representatives from both schools and Union will accept items that do not duplicate its own holdings. The Burke Library at Union is part of Columbia University’s library system and one of the largest theological libraries in North America, with holdings of more than 700,000 items.

The initial term of the EDS-Union affiliation agreement is eleven years, and both schools have the option to agree to extensions beyond that time. EDS will remain its own legal entity with its own board of trustees.

The two seminaries began negotiations in February after Union was chosen from among nine potential candidates that expressed interest in an alliance with EDS. The EDS board, spurred by financial challenges that were depleting the school’s endowment, voted in 2016 to cease granting degrees in May 2017 and to explore options for EDS’s future.

EDS has adopted a generous severance plan for its faculty and staff. All students who did not complete their degrees this month are being “taught out” at other seminaries with EDS’s financial support so as to avoid additional costs.

About Union Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York is a seminary and a graduate school of theology established in 1836 by founders “deeply impressed by the claims of the world upon the church.” Union prepares women and men for committed lives of service to the church, academy and society. A Union education develops practices of mind and body that foster intellectual and academic excellence, social justice, and compassionate wisdom. Grounded in the Christian tradition and responsive to the needs of God’s creation, Union’s graduates make a difference wherever they serve.

Union believes that a new interreligious spirituality of radical openness and love is the world’s best hope for peace, justice, and the care of God’s creation. Empowered by groundbreaking inquiry aligned with practical realism and a bias for action, Union is charting a profound new course for enduring social change. Union’s graduates stand out wherever they serve, practicing their vocations with courage and perseverance, and speaking clearly and acting boldly on behalf of social justice in all of its forms.

About Episcopal Divinity School

Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was formed in 1974 by the merger of Philadelphia Divinity School (1857) and Episcopal Theological School (1867). For more than 40 years, EDS has offered a bold and expansive vision of inclusion and social justice in the service of preparing students to lead faith communities.

In July 2016, the EDS Board of Trustees voted to cease granting degrees in May 2017 and to explore options for EDS’s future that would carry on the seminary’s historic mission, continue accredited degree-granting theological education, and provide financial strength and stability for EDS’s future. More information is available at eds.edu/news/transition.

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Episcopal Divinity School press release, May 19, 2017

Worldwide preparations ahead of Thy Kingdom Come global prayer campaign

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Posted on: May 18, 2017

Hundreds of thousands of Christians of all denominations are preparing to take part in the international prayer initiative “Thy Kingdom Come” which starts next week.  What began as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England last year has quickly grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Between 25th May and 4th June, communities and churches around the world are gathering together to pray that their friends, families and neighbours come to know Jesus Christ. Prayer events of all shapes and sizes will take place across the 10 days, including 24-7 prayer rooms, prayer days, prayer walks and half nights of prayer. Cathedrals, churches and other venues will host Beacon Events, gathering people across towns and cities to worship and to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit for effective witness.  The Archbishop of Canterbury has issued a global challenge to Christian people to take the #Pledge2Pray for #ThyKingdomCome, an online prayer initiative.

Archbishop Justin said: “Jesus prayed at the Last Supper that we, those who follow him, might ‘be one that the world might believe.’ We are invited to make a lasting difference in our nations and in our world, by responding to his call to find a deep unity of purpose in prayer. It’s not a Church of England thing, it’s not an Anglican thing, it’s a Christian thing.”

The Revd Canon Chris Russell, Adviser for Evangelism & Witness at Lambeth Palace, said: “Thy Kingdom Come is a wonderful opportunity to join with Christians around the world in praying that most ancient of prayers ‘Come, Holy Spirit,’ so we might rediscover our vocation to all be witnesses to Jesus Christ. “While there are ideas and resources and prayers and activities available for all, it is at the core about God’s people praying for the empowering of the Spirit. And we can all do that.”

Archbishop John Sentamu said: “It is my prayer that we shall continue growing in confidence to share Christ; that we shall see the Holy Spirit bringing joy, healing, reconciliation, and hope to many, and bringing new life both to Church and community, to the glory of God the Father. Remember, whilst the big events are fantastic, Thy Kingdom Come is really about being part of a movement of prayer – so small is beautiful, for Jesus says ‘where two or three gather together in my name…’”

Emma Buchan, project leader for the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Evangelism Taskforce, who heads up Thy Kingdom Come, said: “The global response to the campaign this year has been overwhelming. We’ve heard from churches across the world, including different denominations and traditions, who have all pledged to get involved from South Africa to Canada and from Brazil to Hong Kong. Each place is organising the time in their own way, for example in Hong Kong they are planning big celebrations in the cathedrals and establishing a network of ‘prayer warriors’. That’s the beauty of Thy Kingdom Come,” she said.

“Last year Thy Kingdom Come gave people time and space outside their normal worshipping patterns to come closer to God and we heard many stories of the deep impact it had on people’s lives. This year we have developed a wide range of resources for everyone which includes ideas on prayer stations, prayer walks, finding fun and creative ways of praying together as a family. We also have Novena prayer booklets and liturgy for a range of traditions.”

To take part simply register online. The resources and blog section of the website provides many ideas for prayer, including downloadable orders of service, liturgies and Novenas. Participants will receive a daily reflection email which will be sent to inboxes each morning during the eleven days. With a different daily prayer theme the email will include a video reflection from one of the international Christian leaders. It will also feature a bite-sized and youth-friendly film. People will be encouraged to “Pray It – Picture It – Post It” to the Thy Kingdom Come website prayer walls. These will draw together the daily prayer theme prayers of each day, such as #ToJesus, which will feature the Most Revd Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.

The complete list of the 11 Prayers and the participating church leaders:

25 May  #ToJesus:  The Most Rev. Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate,  the Episcopal Church in the United States of America

26 May  #Praise:  His Eminence Christoph Cardinal Schonborn, Archbishop of Vienna

27 May  #Thanks:  The Most Rev Paul Kwong, Archbishop of Hong Kong

28 May  #Sorry:  The Venerable Liz Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, London

29 May  #Offer:  The Rt. Rev. Griselda Delgado del Carpio, Bishop of Cuba

30 May  #PrayFor:   The Most. Rev. Fred Hiltz, Archbishop and Primate, the Anglican Church of Canada

31 May  #Help:   The Most Rev John Sentamu, Archbishop of York and Primate of England

1 June  #Adore:  The Rev. Roger Walton, President, British Methodist Conference

2 June  #Celebrate:  His Grace Bishop Angaelos, General Bishop, the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom

3 June  #Silence:  Br. Keith Nelson, SSJE, the Society of St. John the Evangelist

4 June  #ThyKingdomCome:   The Most Rev. and Rt. Hon. Justin Welby Archbishop of Canterbury and Primate of All England

Churches around the Communion requiring further information are invited to contact The Very Revd Robert Key: Email : [email protected]

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Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Thursday 18th May 2017

Devoting ourselves to prayer

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By Fred Hiltz on May, 16 2017


St. Luke writes that following the Ascension of the Lord, the disciples were gathered in an upper room “constantly devoting themselves to prayer.” A number of women joined them, including Mary, the mother of Jesus (Acts 1:14).   

One wonders what the subject of their prayers might have been—the hope of an imminent return of their Lord; the manner in which they would respond to the Great Commission, taking the gospel into all the world; the timing of the promised gift of the Holy Spirit to empower them for that work; and how indeed they would experience the coming of the Spirit.

Since those first few days of the church, the time between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost has been marked by calls to prayer for strength and wisdom in bearing a faithful witness to the gospel, for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit to grace and guide the church in every age. 

Calls of this kind have a long history through the World Council of Churches.  In the spirit of that long-standing tradition,  the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, in 2016, invited “a wave of prayer” across the Church of England.  The response, according to Justin Welby, was “astonishing.”  Thousands of people joined in—not just Anglicans, but people of many other denominations, too, and not just in England, but in many other countries around the world. That response inspired the archbishops to launch “Thy Kingdom Come,” a global call to prayer between Ascension Day and the Day of Pentecost, 2017. 

In calling our church to participate, I am asking that with special intent we pray for fresh outpourings of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us in a variety of ministries to which we are deeply committed in local contexts and across the country.  

Thursday, May 25—Ascension Day

Let us pray for congregational health and vitality in the spirit of the Marks of Mission embraced by Anglicans worldwide. 

Friday, May 26

Let us pray for initiatives in evangelism nurturing people for lifelong discipleship, for our schools for ministry, for Indigenous catechist programs, for our theological colleges.

 

Saturday, May 27

Let us pray for the protection and nurture of children, for youth and young adult ministries; for suicide prevention programs, especially among Indigenous youth; for ministries that celebrate the minds, hearts, voices and works of young people in devotion to Christ.

Sunday, May 28—Seventh Sunday of Easter (Sunday after Ascension Day)

Let us pray for all our partnerships in the gospel—within our own church and with other churches; for companion diocese relationships across the world; for our church’s companionship with the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Monday, May 29

Let us pray for healing and reconciliation within our church and our country, for integrity in living out the Primate’s Apology (1993), in honouring the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and in responding to the Calls to Action from Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 

Tuesday, May 30

Let us pray for the work of the Anglican Healing Fund and for community-based projects for recovery of language and culture, for celebrating Aboriginal identity.

Wednesday, May 31

Let us pray for all efforts in partnership with Indigenous elders, youth, bishops and clergy in building a truly Indigenous church within the Anglican Church of Canada.

Thursday, June 1

Let us pray for ministries with those caught in the grip of poverty, for programs addressing its systemic causes and for initiatives to eradicate poverty.

Friday, June 2

Let us pray for ministries devoted to addressing violence of every kind—domestic and societal, gender-based, ethnic and religious-based; and for all ministries grounded in commitments to dignity and justice for all people.  

Saturday, June 3

Let us pray for ministries focused on the care of creation, for our calling to be healers of the Earth.

Sunday, June 4—The Day of Pentecost

Let us pray for a celebration of the many languages in which the gospel of Christ is proclaimed and the rich diversity of cultures for which our church is known; for the strengthening of our life together in Christ and for our common witness to the gospel.

This call to prayer will be answered in a variety of ways.  Some will respond through the daily round of morning and night prayers, some in a round of prayers in the early evening of these nine days. 

Some may be in the quiet of a chapel or the chancel of the church; some in the space of a circle of friends gathered in prayer in one of their homes. Some may choose to walk a labyrinth; others may organize walks in the community with prayer at various locations. 

I have every confidence that in taking up this call you will be creative in the way you pray. 

Fred Hiltz

Fred Hiltz

Archbishop Fred Hiltz is primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. 

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Anglican Journal News, May 17, 2017

WCC General Secretary hails Lutheran ecumenical efforts

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[WCC] As the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) gathered for its 12th Assembly in Windhoek, Namibia from 10-16 May, World Council of Churches (WCC) general secretary Revd Dr Olav Fykse Tveit presented greetings on behalf of the World Council of Churches, a worldwide fellowship of 348 member churches which represents more than half a billion Christians around the world.

He commended the LWF’s recent preparation of an ecumenical commemoration, together with the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity (PCPCU), of 500 years since the beginning of the Reformation, paving the way from conflict to communion.

“After the prayer of confession and reconciliation in Lund on Reformation Day 2016, those relations will never be the same,” Revd Tveit said. “They have to remain a relationship of love, so clearly said in your words about moving together as pilgrims, in diakonia for the world together. This was even signed by President Bishop Munib Younan and His Holiness Pope Francis, as you were accompanied by the general secretary Martin Junge and  Cardinal Kurt Koch, the President of the PCPCU.”

Revd Tveit also noted that the LWF assembly highlights important insights of the one ecumenical movement. “Some of them have come through a new understanding of the harsh and brutal realities in which we live in different parts of the world,” he added. “Some of them have come through new sharing, or at least a better and more open sharing of the gifts of our different theological traditions. Some of them have come through a combination of the two, through a mutual search for the truth that we owe one another: The truth about the world and the truth about God.”

The theme of the LWF Assembly is “Liberated by God’s Grace,” with three sub-themes: Salvation – Not for Sale, Human Beings – Not for Sale, Creation – Not for Sale. “The theme of this assembly of the Lutheran World Federation is indeed an eminent example of how the ecumenical movement deals with both and combines truth about the world and the truth about God,” said Revd Tveit. “The oikoumene, our common home in this world, is a household, an economy, where we have to work for the best outcome for our life together.”

This work, he continues, should contribute to the economy of fairness and the welfare of all, to the social justice that can weave and support the social fabric we all need for our lives. “In this we recognize that our common home is not only my world or our world, it is God’s world. Every day the God of life is creating our lives,” he said  “The Church is a fellowship created by the grace of God.”

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Anglican Communion News Service,  Daily update from the ACNS on Monday 15th May 2017

Church caught up in conflict now a ‘symbol of renewal and life’

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Posted on: May 12, 2017

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The Archbishop of Canterbury has described the imminent re-opening of St Peter’s Anglican Church in Jaffa as a story of hope. The church has been closed since the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The Diocese of Jerusalem is now working on renovating it, with hopes that worship will soon resume there.

Archbishop Justin visited St Peter’s towards the end of his twelve day visit to the region, with Archbishop Suheil Dawani, whose father served in the church prior to 1948. Archbishop Suheil said the church was of great sentimental value to both him personally and the diocese: “This is the third church in the diocese to be revived and re-opened, I hope by the end of the year,  after renovations. It will be used by the community here – especially diplomats in the Tel Aviv area.”

Archbishop Justin said he was pleased to share the story of the church’s revival: “There’s something fantastically symbolic about it – first of all, it’s a growing church : re-opening and re-building. The structure’s sound, but it needs the worship, the prayer, the spiritual life to recreate the life of the church which had been caught up in conflict and now will be a symbol of renewal and life – and that’s been one of the themes of this visit. “

Archbishop Justin issued the following plea: “Please pray for this church, for the Diocese of Jerusalem, and for our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land.”

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Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Friday 12th May 2017

Lutherans from around the world gather in Namibia

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[WCC] Almost eight-hundred participants, including three-hundred-and-twenty-four delegates, have gathered in Windhoek for the Twelfth Assembly of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), the highest LWF decision-making body that meets every six years. World Council of Churches general secretary Revd Dr Olav Fykse Tveit will address the plenary on 12 May.

With the theme “Liberated by God’s Grace” and sub-themes articulating that creation, salvation and human beings are “not for sale”, the assembly is jointly hosted by the three LWF member churches in the country under the umbrella body, the United Church Council – Namibia Evangelical Lutheran Churches (UCC-NELC).

Considered a historic occasion, the LWF Assembly will dedicate privileged space in the program for the commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. A special event on the 500 years of Reformation will take place on 14 May in the Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek.

Eminent Congolese surgeon Dr Denis Mukwege will deliver the keynote speech on 11 May, focusing on the assembly theme. An active Christian layperson, he has been recognised with several prestigious international awards including the 2008 UN Human Rights Award, the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2014 and he has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Toward an ecumenical spring

Reflecting on the assembly’s theme “Liberated by God’s Grace” at his formal address, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan encouraged members of the worldwide communion of churches “to capture Luther’s drive to reform, rebuild and remake the church in a spirit of repentance and faithfulness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.” Turning to the processes of historic reconciliation in which the LWF has been engaged, he said the October 2016 joint Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of the Reformation at Lund and Malmö, Sweden, was profoundly significant for the ecumenical movement and had charted the way forward from conflict to communion.

He expressed his hope that the sharing of prayer and mission manifested at the event alongside many other movements in the last decades of Lutheran-Catholic dialogue “will lead to further breakthroughs of an ecumenical spring.”

Reconciliation and healing of memories

The LWF president also made reference to a recent document by the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), in which the Protestant church body confesses to Namibians and to God for unjustifiable German colonial crimes, and asks for forgiveness. He offered LWF’s support towards Namibia’s reconciliation process with Germany, and emphasised the need to acknowledge and honor memories of past injustices in order for healing to occur.

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Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Wednesday 10th May 2017

Canadian pioneer of Church communications awarded Honorary Degree

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Posted on: May 10, 2017

Archdeacon Paul Fehely, Principle Secretary to the Primate of Canada, has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity by the University of Trinity College in the University of Toronto. Archdeacon Paul has worked in communications for the Anglican Communion at the Lambeth Conference of Bishops, the Primates’ Meetings and the Anglican Consultative Council. The University said it was offering the degree in recognition of his “progressive leadership within the National Church, and at local, national and international levels, in the furthering of the vision and mandate of the Anglican Church of Canada, particularly through involvement with communications within the global Church.”

Archdeacon Paul described the degree ceremony as “an absolutely wonderful experience” but added: “Ministry never happens alone; this is an individual honour that really belongs to a whole company of people who have been so important; it is a moment in time where a body of work over the years, with lots and lots of pieces of accumulative ministry, has been recognised.”

In a citation written for the awards ceremony, Bishop Philip Poole, a retired Bishop of the Diocese of Toronto, said Paul Fehely, who has served in seven parishes, had been an “influence for good in the life of the Anglican Church in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and the world as a musician, communicator, a pastor, a reconciler, administrator, visionary and man of God.” He recalled Archdeacon Paul’s early role in communications, dating back to television appearances in the 1970s: “Paul presented the Christian faith in an intelligent, creative and effective way, filled not with easy answers but with engaged thinking.”

Archdeacon Paul has had a longstanding involvement with The Anglican, the award winning newspaper of the Diocese of Toronto. He has also written extensively for religious and secular publications. In 2008, amid tensions in the Anglican Communion over human sexuality, Archdeacon Paul was seconded to the Lambeth Conference staff to help interface with the world and its religious and secular media. Subsequently he worked on the communications team of the Anglican Consultative Council in Jamaica and Zambia and assisted with communications for the Primates Meetings: “Paul is noted for his diplomacy, his ability to help polarised sides listen to one another and his outstanding skill at helping bring reconciling of divergent positions. He is, as an aside, one of the most recognised Canadians in the Anglican Communion.”

Bishop Poole also paid tribute to Archdeacon Paul’s spiritual contribution to the Church: “Paul is a man of prayer. Those who know him know that to be so. It is given public expression in his music, his liturgical gifts, in workshops he has led and in his position as National Director of the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. Paul is a man who moves just as easily among royalty and the senior Prelates of our worldwide communion as he does among the least……..Paul understands each person to be created in the image of God and he respects the dignity and value of every human being.”

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Anglican Communion News Service, Daily update from the ACNS on Wednesday 10th May, 2017

 

Church leaders urge Trudeau to help famine-stricken South Sudan

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By André Forget on May 05, 2017


Health worker Betty Achan examines two-year-old Njuma Simon, who suffers from malnutrition, at the Al Sabbah Children’s Hospital in Juba, South Sudan. Photo: © UNICEF/UN057888/Hatcher-Moore


Leaders from the Anglican, Catholic and Presbyterian churches in Canada have called on the Government of Canada to commit more resources to relieve hunger and de-escalate civil strife in South Sudan.

In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau dated April 27, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, Bishop Douglas Crosby, president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the Rev. Douglas Rollwage, moderator of the 2017 General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada, spoke of the “gross violations of fundamental human rights” taking place in South Sudan as drought and war put a reported 5.5 million South Sudanese at risk of famine.

According to a February 20 UN news report 100,000 people in South Sudan’s Unity State are already experiencing famine conditions.

Noting that all three churches have close ties through formal ecclesiastical structures and through humanitarian work involving relief and development agencies, Hiltz, Crosby and Rollwage called on the government to provide further financial support to the UN’s mission in South Sudan, and to rally the international community against the food crisis now affecting 20 million people in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and parts of Nigeria.

They also asked that Canada encourage the international community to re-establish rule of law and human rights protections in South Sudan, and work with business and international partners to prevent the sale and provision of arms to South Sudanese military factions.

Hiltz, Crosby and Rollwage cited two communiqués from the Catholic bishops of South Sudan that detailed the killing and torture of civilians, the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war, humanitarian aid and desecration of the bodies of the dead by both government and rebel forces.

They warned that if the violence continues, conflict between South Sudan’s different ethnic groups could make eventual reconciliation much more difficult. “The deep social scars which will inevitably follow this civil war could put South Sudan into a perpetual state of volatility,” they said.

However, the letter did commend the Canadian government for contributions it has already made, including $119 million toward relief efforts in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria (of which $39 million is earmarked specifically for South Sudan), and the 10 peacekeepers Canada has sent to participate in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan.

The letter called Trudeau’s decision to commit relief money to the region a “tangible witness” to the government’s concern about the situation, but added that “more needs to be done.”

The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the All Africa Conference of Churches have called for a Global Day of Prayer to End Famine, to be held May 21, in hopes that it will energize Christians around the world to provide spiritual and material support for the affected regions.

“May our prayers invoke the grace of God, and mobilize people to bring about peace and an end to hunger and violence,” the letter says.

Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF), the Anglican Church of Canada’s relief and development agency, has also been active in providing emergency relief to the region.

In addition to its longer term work in South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Nigeria, PWRDF has made a $20,000 contribution to the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) for famine relief in South Sudan through the Canadian Foodgrains Bank. As well, PWRDF has contributed  $50,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal for South Sudan and Kenya, and $30,000 to the ACT Alliance appeal for drought relief in Somalia.

Both ADRA and the ACT Alliance work with local partners in the affected countries.

 

About the Author

André Forget

André Forget

André Forget joined the Anglican Journal in 2014 as staff writer and social media lead. He also serves as managing editor of Whether Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Winnipeg Review, and the Town Crier.

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Anglican Journal News, May 05, 2017

 

St. Jude’s Cathedral in Iqaluit pays off its debt

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By André Forget on May 03, 2017

Igloo-shaped St. Jude’s Cathedral was destroyed by arson in 2005 and rebuilt in 2012.
Photo: Cwk36/Wikimedia Commons


Twelve years after St. Jude’s Cathedral—the iconic house of worship in Iqaluit, Nunavut—was destroyed by arson, the diocese of the Arctic announced it has finally paid off the debt accrued in rebuilding it.“We’re pretty excited about that,” said Suffragan Bishop Darren McCartney, who oversees the eastern regions of the diocese of the Arctic. “[It is] a big weight off our shoulders.”

The announcement comes after more than a decade of fundraising during which the fate of the new cathedral, which was completed in 2012 at a cost of just over $10 million, was sometimes in question.

The new St. Jude’s Cathedral was built by Dowland Contracting Ltd., with whom the diocese entered into an informal arrangement to pay back the money as funds were raised.

However, a year after the cathedral’s consecration in 2012, Dowland was put into receivership and it later filed for bankruptcy protection.

The receiver, Alvaraz and Marsal Canada, Inc., asked for immediate repayment of the outstanding debt (around $3 million), in addition to $30,000 per month in interest.

“We were facing the pressure of having to pay that right away, or lose the cathedral,” McCartney recalled.

Fortunately, the Nunavut Construction Corporation (part of the Inuit-owned Qikiqtaaluk Corporation), which had been involved in an earlier stage of construction, offered to cover the costs through a loan the diocese could repay on a more sustainable schedule.

In the years that followed, the diocese continued its fundraising activities, receiving support from parishes and individuals across Canada and overseas.

“We paid it off pretty aggressively,” said McCartney. “We channelled…a lot of the resources we had into getting this paid off.”

McCartney noted that the cathedral is more than just a house of worship; it also serves as a community hub both for those living in Iqaluit and across the region.

“The cathedral is for everyone,” he said.

As of 2016, the new facility also houses the Arthur Turner Training School (ASST), which had been based in Pangnirtung until its buildings deteriorated, causing it to suspend operations in 2007.

McCartney expressed his gratitude to people who contributed and launched fundraising campaigns to retire St. Jude’s debt, including groups like the Anglican Church Women.

“We are thankful for the people across Canada, in the Anglican Church of Canada and even outside the Anglican Church of Canada…and across the world,” he said.

Now that the debt is paid, McCartney said the diocese will be able to focus on hiring more priests to serve communities—where nearly 40 (out of a total of 51) are without ordained clergy.

“The church is the people, and we want to be able to further the work in the other parts of the Arctic and support what people are already doing [in their communities],” he said.

André Forget

André Forget

André Forget joined the Anglican Journal in 2014 as staff writer and social media lead. He also serves as managing editor of Whether Magazine, and his writing has appeared in The Dalhousie Review, The Winnipeg Review, and the Town Crier.

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Anglican Journal News, May 05, 2017